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Been trying to reach the website for the useR! 2013, the R user conference that will be held July 10-12 2013 at University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain? There have been some server problems recently, but you can now get access at the official URL,

I'm loving the Game of Thrones series, but not having read the books it has been a bit difficult keeping up with all the various families, houses and their entanglements.

The Enron email dataset, collected during the FERC investigation of the Enron financial scandal, represents the largest publicly available set of emails. This makes theman ideal testbed for sentiment analysis algorithms.

The 7th annual R/Rmetrics Workshop om Computational Finance and Financial Engineering will take place June 30-July 4 in the beatiful alpine setting of Lake Thune, Switzerland. This is an intimate workshop limited to around 50 participants, and features tutorials from leading practitioners in finance with R, with a special focus on the Rmetrics suite of R packages.

The 14th annual KDnuggets poll measuring use of analytics software is open for voting. The poll asks, "What Predictive Analytics, Big Data, Data mining, Data Science software you used in the past 12 months for a real project?" and allows up to 20 choices from commercial software, open source software, and "big data" software.

I'm very proud to have been selected today for Big Data Republic's list of the Top 20 Big Data Twitter accounts. With such Big Data practitioners, analysts and thought leaders like Kirk Borne, Hilary Mason, Pete Skomoroch, Mike Olson and Doug Henshchen on the list, I'm humbled to be listed at #3.

The OpenData StackExchange site has just launched in beta, and looks to be a great resource for open data sources. Like StackOverflow for programming and CrossValidated for statistics,  OpenData is is a question and answer site for developers and researchers interested in open data.

So when the world is taken over by a Zombie horde, you're going to want to figure out a way to get the human population to safety. This R script by econometrician Francis Smart won't help you do that exactly, but given a list of waypoints to navigate through zombie-infested lands to a safe house, it will tell you how many how many members of your human party survive: